BROAD SHIELD
BROAD SHIELD
BROAD SHIELD
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BROAD SHIELD

Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD

BROAD SHIELD

Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

BROAD SHIELD

South-East Australia

Wood

Height: 35 in (88.9 cm)

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Missionary Society, collected in situ between 1890-1900

Harry A. Franklin, Beverly Hills, acquired by the 1960s


PUBLISHED

Pacificulture-Asia Museum, ed., Captain Cook and the Islands of the Pacific, Pasadena, 1978, p. 39, cat. no. 175 (listed)

Exhibited

Pacificulture-Asia Museum, Pasadena, Captain Cook and the Islands of the Pacific, July 12 - October 15, 1978

Catalogue Note

Broad shields such as this were objects of special power and prestige in south-eastern Australia. The complex patterns of forms which cover these shields, rhythmical and meandering, are captivating and hypnotic to those of us who view them as outsiders. To the people who made them they were rich in meaning, objects that contained the key to their maker's place and identity. 

Pacific Art from the Collection of Harry A. Franklin
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